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types of fostering
types of foster care
Foster care can mean anything from an overnight stay to something more long-term. While the length of time varies from family to family, one element remains the same: every stay provides a safe place.
Foster care can mean anything from an overnight stay to a year – the length of time can vary! However, all types of foster care have the same purpose: to provide a safe place for a child.
No two foster families are alike. People from all walks of life can become a foster carer and offer a safe, stable environment for a child. Somewhere they can call home
short-term foster care
Short-term foster care provides a temporary home for a child until they can return to the family home, or wherever is best for them next. This type of care can mean anything from a day to a year, and everything in between.
You’ll be there while we work to secure long-term foster care for a young person, known as ‘permanence’. You’ll support the child for as long as they need you and help them move on to their next family.
A short stay can have a huge impact on a child. Every home, no matter how short-term, plays a part in building a brighter future.
long-term foster care
Long-term foster care provides a new family for children who are unable to stay at home.
Through careful matching, this type of foster care places the right child with the right carer until they reach adulthood. It provides long-term security and stability for a child – a forever home.
specialist kinds of foster care
Specialist kinds of foster care can be required for both short-term and long-term foster care. These include:
Short breaks enable children to have some time away from their family. A chance to recharge. These breaks, sometimes referred to as ‘support care’ can be during the day, overnight or at the weekends.
They offer children different experiences and opportunities within a new extended family network. Regular short breaks can make a real impact on a child’s life.
parent and child
Parent and child fostering is for parents who need extra support and guidance until they can care for their child on their own.
This type of specialist fostering will enable you, as a foster carer, to draw on your own parenting experiences. You’ll support a vulnerable parent and their child in your home while they build up the confidence and skills they need.
Therapeutic care is for children who may have experienced neglect or trauma. This type of fostering ensures that children receive the extra level of support they need. As a therapeutic carer, you’ll be fully trained and supported to care for these children most effectively.